Eat Your Way To Better Health
The world isn’t short of dietary systems. Uniquely, Ayurveda tells us which foods are best for our own constitution. It gives guidelines on how to cook these foods and tells us how to avoid combinations that may be harmful.
Ayurveda encourages us to eat nutritious whole foods that are pure and balanced. This is a Sattvic diet—it is rich in fruits, vegetables, sprouted whole grains, fresh fruit juices, legumes, nuts, seeds, unrefined sugar, and herbal teas. (3)
Different foods differ in their compatibility with the doshas, so a personalised Ayurvedic diet includes recommendations about which foods to eat and avoid.
- Those with a Pitta dosha should focus on cooling, energising foods, and limit spices, nuts, and seeds
- The Vata dosha favours warm, moist, and grounding foods, and restricts dried fruits, bitter herbs, and raw vegetables
- The Kapha dosha limits heavy foods like nuts, seeds, and oils in favour of fruits, vegetables and legumes.
- And, all three doshas restrict red meat, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, and processed ingredients
This is all fine, except you’re unlikely to eat something if it doesn’t taste great! Luckily, the Ayurveda ingredients list includes some of the world’s most delicious flavours.
In Ayurveda, taste is created in food when water falls to the ground and interacts with the four basic elements referred to earlier. The tongue perceives each food in combinations of Ayurveda’s six tastes—sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. (4)
The tastes are associated with the effect they have on the body. Two of these, the sweet and salty tastes, can be controversial in health terms. But the Ayurvedic diet gives importance to all six, including the sweet taste that we know and love.